Garry Clarke

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CHESTERTOWN — Garry E. Clarke, of Chestertown, died on Sun­day, July 3, 2016 at Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Mr. Clarke was born March 19, 1943 in Mo­line, Illi­nois.

He re­ceived a Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic de­gree, summa cum laude, from Cor­nell Col­lege in 1965. He grad­u­ated from Yale Univer­sity with a Master of Mu­sic de­gree in 1968. In the fall of that year, he be­gan teach­ing at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege in Chestertown, re­tir­ing in 2012. Dur­ing his ca­reer, he taught mu­sic cour­ses and en­sem­bles and served for many years as chair of the depart­ment of mu­sic. He also was chair of the depart­ment of art and di­rec­tor of the hu­man­i­ties pro­gram in in­terim ca­pac­i­ties.

Mr. Clarke was Dean of the Col­lege from 1977 to 1983. In the 1981-82 aca­demic year, he served as Act­ing Pres­i­dent of Wash­ing­ton Col­lege dur­ing the Col­lege’s bi­cen­ten­nial year. In 1988, he was awarded an hon­orary Doc­tor of Let­ters de­gree from the Col­lege, the first and only time that a fac­ulty mem­ber has been so hon­ored. In 2009, the Garry E. Clarke Mu­sic Li­brary was ded­i­cated in the Gib­son Arts Cen­ter at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege, and upon his re­tire­ment the Garry E. Clarke Mu­sic En­dow­ment was es­tab­lished. One facet of that en­dow­ment is the Garry E. Clarke Per­for­mance Prize, awarded an­nu­ally to an out­stand­ing mu­sic stu­dent. Mr. Clarke won the Lind­back Award for Distin­guished Teach­ing in 1974, re­ceived the Col­lege’s Gold Pen­tagon Award in 1979, and in 1982, he re­ceived a Visi­tors and Gover­nors’ Ci­ta­tion and an Alumni Coun­cil Ci­ta­tion for his work as pres­i­dent of Wash­ing­ton Col­lege.

Mr. Clarke was a pi­anist, play­ing solo recitals in the United States and in Europe. He was an ac­com­pa­nist and cham­ber mu­si­cian and an opera coach for var­i­ous singers, in­clud­ing artists for­merly on the ros­ters of the Metropoli­tan Opera and New York City Opera, and for the New Haven (Con­necti­cut) Opera So­ci­ety. He was a com­poser of nu­mer­ous works in­clud­ing opera, sym­phonic, cham­ber, vo­cal, pi­ano and or­gan mu­sic. On a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, Mr. Clarke was a guest lec­turer in mu­sic at the Eas­ton Academy of Arts, Eas­ton, and at the Wye In­sti­tute, Wye Mills. He was a guest artist-in­struc­tor in pi­ano at the Neigh­bor­hood Mu­sic School, New Haven, and was a com­poser in the class­room for the Mary­land State Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. He was on a num­ber of boards of or­ga­ni­za­tions re­lated to the arts and ed­u­ca­tion. He was also a con­sul­tant for the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Schools of Mu­sic. For three decades, he was a re­gional in­ter­viewer for Yale.

Mr. Clarke re­ceived a Carnegie Foun­da­tion Re­search Grant in 1964 and a Woodrow Wil­son Na­tional Fel­low­ship for study at Yale in 1965. That year, he also re­ceived a fel­low­ship from the Ford Foun­da­tion. In 1970, he was awarded a Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Hu­man­i­ties Re­search Grant to work at Yale on the manuscripts of the Amer­i­can com­poser, Charles Ives. His edi­tion of Ives’s “Varied Air and Vari­a­tions,” co-edited with John Kirk­patrick, was pub­lished in 1971.

He was the au­thor of “Es­says on Amer­i­can Mu­sic,” a part of the “Con­tri­bu­tions in Amer­i­can His­tory” se­ries of Green­wood Press, and num­bers of ar­ti­cles and re­views for schol­arly jour­nals, in­clud­ing The Grove Dic­tionary of Amer­i­can Mu­sic. In 1993, his es­say on the opera singer Polyna Stoska won a Coun­cil for the Ad­vance­ment and Sup­port of Ed­u­ca­tion Best Ar­ti­cles of the Year Com­pe­ti­tion medal.

Mr. Clarke was a church mu­si­cian from 1958 un­til 2013. Among the parishes he served as di­rec­tor of mu­sic were: Christ Methodist Church, Chestertown; St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church, Centreville; Em­manuel Epis­co­pal Church, Chestertown; and Trin­ity Cathe­dral, Eas­ton. For many years, he was on the Com­mis­sion on Li­turgy and Mu­sic for the Epis­co­pal Dio­cese of Eas­ton and was a mem­ber of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Angli­can Mu­si­cians.

He was a mem­ber of Pi Kappa Lambda, hon­orary mu­sic so­ci­ety; Omi­cron Delta Kappa, na­tional col­lege honor so­ci­ety; Or­der of Omega, fra­ter­nity honor so­ci­ety; and Phi Delta Theta, the na­tional fra­ter­nity. For many years he was the fac­ulty ad­viser to the Mar yland Gamma chap­ter of Phi Delta Theta at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege. He also was a mem­ber of the Wash­ing­ton Col­lege So­ci­ety of Visi­tors and Gover­nors.

Mr. Clarke mar­ried Melissa Naul on May 24, 1975. She sur­vives him, as do two daugh­ters, a grand­daugh­ter, and a son-in-law: El­iz­a­beth Clarke of Eas­ton, Catharine and Daniel Inger­soll and Eleanor Inger­soll of Lex­ing­ton, Va. He was pre­de­ceased by his par­ents, Clarence H. Clarke and Gla­dys Hokin­son Clarke Min­teer, and by his brother, Richard K. Clarke.

A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at 1 p.m. Satur­day, July 16 at Em­manuel Church, Chestertown. In­ter­ment will be pri­vate.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to the Garry E. Clarke En­dow­ment, c/o Of­fice of Col­lege Ad­vance­ment, Wash­ing­ton Col­lege, 300 Wash­ing­ton Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620.

On­line con­do­lences may be sent to the fam­ily at www. fh­n­fu­ner­al­home.com.

GARRY CLARKE

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